Thursday, December 31, 2015
Baahubali was the most trending topic almost the whole of 2015. Not only the movie broke many box office records to emerge as the top grosser in domestic collections, the movie continues to make news by trending top on facebook and google searches. Here's a set of milestones achieved by Baahubali under the hashtag #BaahubaliTops2015
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Well, its here. The 2016 Prabhas Calendar for all the fans of darling. This is the 8th consecutive year of Prabhas Calendars on my blog right from the year 2009. Happy to do it year after year for the love of Darling and his fans. Hope you like it!
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It came, shattered records and set new benchmarks. SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali was a cinematic tsunami that Indian audience will take a long time to get over. A magnum opus, it set new bench marks in virtually all departments of filmmaking, most notably, in visual effects. It set the box office on fire, earning a spot among the top three grossers in India of all times along with with Bajrangi Bhaijaan and PK, pocketing more than Rs 600 crore.
In effect, 2015 belonged to Baahubali. Because, at the end of the day, it is not merely about minting money, but about doing things never attempted before (visual effect, in this case) and then leaving behind a legacy. And that’s where Baahubali scores big. We bring you reasons why Baahubali did what it did in 2015.
Redefined south cinema:
Nothing has defined contemporary Indian popular culture like cinema and cricket. Yet, the moment one thinks of Indian films, one is most likely to think Hindi film industry based in Mumbai or the more realistic Bengali cinema of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. Films from South have often been relegated to the ‘regional’ slot and have for long been viewed as the ‘poor’ cousins of Bollywood. With an idiom of its own, its own sensibilities and a star system uniquely its own, South Cinema is quite distinct an identity. But, sadly, has always been overshadowed by Bollywood.
Well, all that was before Baahubali. In its scale, spectacle, sheer drama, and larger than life characters, Baahubali has pushed the envelope like no other non-Hindi film has done so far.
Bollywood knew Rana Daggubati thanks to his role in Akshay Kumar starrer Baby. But who knew Prabhas? Well, to his fans across the globe, he is simply Darling. ButBaahubali catapulted him into national limelight.
Visual effects miracle :
While Hollywood has been using CGI for long, the Indian silver screen had seen nothing of the kind. From the VFX (live action like waterfall, avalanche, war sequences, bison fight) to CGI (palaces, forests, song sequences, mountains and valleys, to its flora and fauna), the film has 90% enhanced graphics, thanks to all the work done by Hyderabad-based Makuta Arts chiefly, but also Firefly Creative Studio, Prasad EFX from Hyderabad and Tau Films from Malaysia respectively.
The art direction and costume designing were so detailed that Team Baahubali put together 15,000 story-board sketches (from smallest of weapons used to the biggest of war machines, from jewellery the characters wore to the grandest of palaces and townships) for the film which is highest for any Indian film till date.
Dhoti-clad men, apsara-like damsels, kings with gold crowns, swords and maces galore… this was the Mahabharata reloaded. One look at Tamannahh Bhatia doing the Dhivara song and there was no mistaking the similarity with images of Urvashi, Rambha and Menaka, celestial nymphs from comic books of Amar Chitra Katha.
SS Rajamouli has never shied away from stating how the stories from Indian mythologies have been an integral part of his growing up years. The influence is hard to miss. The film is laden with Indian imagery - the idea of a river as the source of life, the worship of shakti as the essence of life, the trishula formation in the art of warfare, the use of crushed flowers as kohl and lip colour… you name it and it’s there.
The story-line itself burrows heavily from the epics - feuding brothers fighting for crown, ‘disabled’ and disgruntled family elder nursing an age-old grudge, an greedy cousin pitted against a righteous one, matriarch who guides the destiny of a family - these are recurring themes from the epics, particularly the Mahabharata.
Box-office first :
Baahubali has many first to its credit, chief being that it is the first non-Hindi film to pick more than Rs 100 crore in its Hindi-dubbed version. One of the smartest things that the makers of Baahubali did was get Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions on board for its Hindi version. Needless to say, the rest, as they say, was history. Dharma Productions was the perfect launchpad the film needed to get onto the national and international firmament. And it meant stardom and much, much wider appeal for Rajamouli, Prabhas, Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty. So much so that it was rumoured that Karan Johar asked his team of technicians to go to Hyderabad to learn the ropes in visual effects for his own ambitious project, Shuddhi.
The film has done exceedingly well in overseas markets as well, particularly in China where it upset PK’s record. Small wonder then Baahubali’s sequel was among the most anticipated films in 2016. Looks like it will be a long wait for the audience as there are reports that the part 2 will now come out only in 2017.
Darling's Facebook Page has crossed yet another milestone by reaching Five Million Likes, one of the fastest for a south indian actor. Started on 18/10/2013, the page crossed 1 million likes in just about 100 days and on 19th December 2014 crossed 2.5 million Likes. The huge popularity of Prabhas with Baahubali has ensured a steady stream of likes for this much loved actor.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Sudheer Babu's latest film 'Bhale Manchi Roju' got released on 24th December and has been receiving some positive reviews all over. Earlier during this week, team Bhale manchi Roju along with actor Sudheer Babu met darling at his house. Actor Sudheer Babu had posted these pics on his facebook page a couple of days ago.
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Popular Tamil Magazine Vikatan has rated Prabhas as No.1 Top Hero of the year placing him ahead of top Tamil heroes like Ajith, Vikaram, Vijay, Dhanush and even Kamalhassan.
The magazine has stated, " Before Baahubali, Prabhas almost had no introduction in TamilNadu. But today he stands tall like the Baahubali statue in the interval bang. When the film ended he strongly etched himself in the heart of Tamil fans. With his royal appearance, piercing eyes and awesome personality, he has amassed the support of ladies like the Shivaling he lifted in Baahubali. To have crossed all the other heroes and earning the top position... it's the magic of Magizhmathi!"
The Magazine had earlier rated 'Baahubali' No.2 Tamil movie of the year, placing it just behind the much loved and award winning 'Kakka Muttai'
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Music Director M.M.Keeravani, the composer for Baahubali, seems to have recorded a song with pop singer Daler Mehndi, which is said to be the opening song for the sequel, Baahubali 2. The pop singer was in Hyderabad with his family earlier this month and had tweeted a photo of him with the music director Keeravani, saying, "pleasure to meet the #veteran #music director M.M.Keeravaani aka M.M.Kreem. (sic)". Keeravani is known as Maragathamani in Kollywood and M.M.Kreen in Bollywood.
Pleasure to meet the #veteran #MusicDirector M.M. Keeravaani aka M.M. Kreem. @MMKeeravaani pic.twitter.com/LmsVi7TKMU— Daler Mehndi (@dalermehndi) December 8, 2015
Adding credence to this speculation is a tweet by lyricist Madhan Karky, who is the lyricist for the Tamil version of the film. Karky posted a pic of him and the singer together on his micro-blogging page and wrote "had great fun with @Daler Mehndi for a Tamil Song :) such a lovely person to work with". Interestingly Daler's previous song in Tamil, Om Zaraare, was for the Rajnikant starrer Kuselan.
Had great fun with @dalermehndi for a Tamil song :) Such a lovely person to work with. pic.twitter.com/zG8AlT2wPK— Madhan Karky (@madhankarky) December 21, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Ace director Rajamouli, has become the most sought after director after the stupendous success of Baahubali. Recently, the director interacted with the students of IIT Chennai and answered several questions.
During this session, Rajamouli revealed some interesting facts about his magnum opus Baahubali. He said that that only 22 crores were spent on the visual effects of Baahubali.
Rajamouli also stated that his film could not match up to the standards of Avatar or Life of Pie which have spent millions of money for visual effects but he is very proud to generate such great output with the minimal amount compared to Hollywood movies.
Source : 123telugu.com